For groceries, Dumaguete City has plenty of choices. We have two Robinson’s Supermarket stores which will probably provide you with the best selection of fresh meats, brand name processed foods that you will recognize as well as a wide assortment of fruits and vegetables. There is also Lee Plaza, right downtown and Hypermart, on the highway to Valencia. Both are owned by the well-established local Lee family and though they do not have as many western brand name goods, they do have a wide selection of all else.
Another option for fruits/vegetables and “wet” goods, like fish, are the many open air markets. The biggest is right downtown in the center of Dumaguete, but if you live on the outskirts, you will find local markets in Dauin, Baacong, Sibulan and Valencia.
When it comes to clothes, electronics, shoes, sporting goods the best choice is Robinson’s Mall. This is a modern mall similar to what we our used to in Western countries with many small boutiques, a department store and many restaurants and food kiosks.
For home improvement and maintenance, we have many stores where you can find just about everything. This includes Citi Hardware, Robinson’s Builders, Triumph Superstore, as well as many many small mom and pop type hardware stores.
Though Dumaguete city is not in the same league as Cebu or Manila when it comes to shopping choices, we are a longs way away from what anyone would consider remote . Again, if you need something, ask!